Google Doodle Marks 450th Anniversary Of St. Basil’s Cathedral

Today’s Google Doodle marks the 450th anniversary of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Russia. The Russian landmark, features nine multicolored onion-shaped domes and is located outside the Kremlin in Moscow’s Red Square.

According to Search Engine Watch, Google operates in Russia, but for some odd reason, Google isn’t the number one choice there, as Russian search engine Yandex owns the spotlight. This year, Yandex’s IPO had the biggest any Internet company has had since Google, so maybe they’re doing this to favor the Russians?

This is the Cathedral’s second appearance in a Google Doodle. It was one the images featured on Dec. 23, 2010 as a part of Google’s “Happy Holidays” Doodle.

According to the AP, Russia will open an exhibit dedicated to St. Basil today to mark the end of a restoration process that took 10 years and cost 390 rubles ($14 million). St Basil’s was built by the order of Ivan the Terrible to celebrate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan, it was completed in 1561 after six years of work.

The church is now a museum, and is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site labelled as the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square.


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